We sincerely welcome Prof. Andrew A. Gumbs the Director of the Advanced & Minimally Invasive Surgery Excellence Center at the American Hospital Tbilisi, to join the Editorial Board of OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine. Prof. Gumbs was previously the Head of Surgical Oncology for the North Yvelines Region of France and the Director of the Minimally Invasive Hepatic-Pancreatic-Biliary Surgery Program at SMG-MD Anderson Cancer Center. Prior to that, the Director of Minimally Invasive Hepatobiliary Surgery and Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has been Instructor of Clinical Surgery at Cornell-Weill Medical College, Instructor of Clinical Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgical Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center. He also serves as a member of the editorial boards of several journals. He has more than 140 publications in textiles. We appreciate Prof. Gumbs for his participation and support.
We sincerely welcome Prof. Wen Liu from University of Kansas Medical Center, USA, to join the Editorial Board of OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine. Currently, he is responsible for teaching in the physical therapy and rehabilitation science doctoral degree programs. He also performs research in the field of rehabilitation and serves on various student and faculty committees. Prof. Liu teaches a class on research in evidence-based physical therapy practice. Research works in Dr. Liu’s laboratory has been focused on (1) neurorehabilitation of people with sensorimotor functional impairment after stroke, spinal cord injury, or sports injury; and (2) application of complementary medicine in people with chronic diseases such as chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease, and cancer. In their recent research works, Dr. Liu and his team tested the efficacy of Qigong exercise in managing symptoms in patients with fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, or cancer. The findings of their clinical efficacy trials indicate that Qigong exercise may benefit those people by releasing their symptoms of pain, fatigue, and sleep dysfunction. They have also examined the changes in inflammatory pathways and observed that the improvements in some symptoms in people with chronic health conditions after Qigong exercise are related to the changes in some inflammatory biomarkers, indicating possible biological mechanisms underlying the benefits of Qigong exercise. Their research works have been supported by NIH, National Science Foundation, American Heart Association, etc. We appreciate Prof. Liu for his participation and support.
We sincerely welcome Dr. Marianna Mazza from Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, Italy, to join the Editorial Board of OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine. Dr. Marianna Mazza is a Board Certified in Psychiatry and Psychoanalyst. She received her psychiatry and psychotherapy training at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Rome, Italy. She received a Ph.D. degree in Advanced Techniques in Psychotherapy. She is a member of Italian Psychoanalytical Society (SPI) and International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA). Her clinical and scientific practice is at Psychiatric Consultation Service of Fondazione Policlinico Gemelli IRCCS, Catholic University in Rome, Italy. Dr. Mazza’s research interests are Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Sleep Disorders, Eating Disorders, Psychotherapy, Psychopharmacotherapy, Neurosciences, Psychoanalysis. She is author of more than 100 scientific publications and 30 chapters of books. She is a member of AEP (Association of European Psychiatrists) and SIP (Italian Society of Psychiatry). She is Professor of Psychiatry for undergraduates and residents at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Rome, Italy. We appreciate Dr. Mazza for her participation and support.
We sincerely welcome Prof. Dr. Enrica Santarcangelo from University of Pisa, Italy, to join the Editorial Board of OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine. Prof. Santarcangelo has entirely devoted her research to the physiological correlates of the cognitive trait of hypnotisability in the perspective of the experimental hypnosis. Her findings in the fields of sensorimotor integration, imagery-perception relationship, cognitive control of pain and cardiovascular system contribute to the debate on the nature of hypnosis supporting socio-cognitive theories. We appreciate Prof. Santarcangelo for his participation and support.
We welcome Prof. Bruno Lunenfeld from Bar-Ilan University, Israel, to join the Editorial Board of OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine. Prof. Lunenfeld is Professor Emeritus of Endocrinology at Bar-Ilan University, and he is well known in the field of endocrinology around the world. Prof. Lunenfeld is being recognized as a Giant in the specialty for his work on developing the clinical use and standardization of human menopausal gonadotropin in the treatment of female and male infertility. We are grateful to Prof. Lunenfeld for his participation and support.
We welcome Professor Kun-Chan Lan from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, to join the Editorial Board of OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine. From 1998 to 2004, Prof. Lan joined ISI's Computer Networks Division as a graduate research assistant. During this period, he maintained and contributed codes to the popular network simulation software ns-2. From 2004 to 2007, Prof. Lan joined the Network and Pervasive Computing Program at NICTA (National ICT Australia) in Sydney as a researcher and lead the effort of building one of the world's first outdoor wireless testbeds for traffic light communication in the context of STaR (Smart Transport and Roads) project (STaR in press). We are grateful to Prof. Lan for his participation and support.
We welcome Professor Umberto Solimene from University of Milan, Italy, to join the Editorial Board of OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine. Professor Solimene is the director of World Health Organization Coll. Center for Traditional, Complementary and integrative Medicine. He also serves as president of Worldwide Federation of Hydrotherapy and Climatotherapy, Italy. He has extensive experience in integrative and complementary medicine. We are grateful to Prof. Solimene for his participation and support.
We welcome Prof. Robert B. Raffa to join the Editorial Board of OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine. Prof. Raffa is the Adjunct Professor at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and Professor Emeritus at Temple University School of Pharmacy. He has published more than 300 papers in refereed journals, and co-authored or edited several books on pharmacology and thermodynamics. He is a past president of the Mid-Atlantic Pharmacology Society and is the recipient of research and teaching awards. He lectures and consults worldwide on pain pathways and analgesics. We are grateful to Prof. Raffa for his participation and support.
We welcome Professor W. Douglas Evans to join the Editorial Board of OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine. Prof. Evans is Professor of Prevention and Community Health & Global in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University. He has over 25 years of experience in the design and evaluation of behavior change interventions and has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles, books, and chapters in the fields of health communication and social marketing. Dr. Evans has pioneered the theory and application of branding for social and behavioral change. In his research, he applies branding as a strategy to change social norms. He designs and evaluates interventions using digital technologies. We are grateful to Prof. Evans for his participation and support.
We welcome Dr. Sumiyo Umeda from Hokkaido University of Science, Japan, to join the Editorial Board of OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine. Dr. Umeda is the Lecturer of Department of Drug Information Analysis, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hokkaido University of Science. She teaches more than 150 hours a year, publishes many papers and book chapters, and helps organize and run professional meetings. We are grateful to Dr. Umeda for her participation and support.